N.M. Democrats Work to Make Equal Pay a Reality

Senators Udall, Heinrich Champion Equal Pay, Auditor Keller Takes Steps to Ensure Pay Equity in New Mexico 

New Mexico – In recognition of Equal Pay Day, the Democratic Party of New Mexico recognized the work Democratic elected officials do to advance equal pay in the state. 

“When elected to office, Democrats make it a point to stand up for equal pay for equal work. From sponsoring legislation to ensure transparency in the workplace, to ensuring employers are paying their staff fairly, Democrats are on the frontlines fighting for working families,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “In our state women make up a large portion of breadwinners, and equal pay can go a long way to ensuring New Mexico families have the economic security to get ahead. We’re proud of the work our Democratic elected officials do to ensure women earn fair and equal pay for the work that they do.”

Equal Pay Day marks the date in which a woman will be paid what a man is paid in a calendar year. In New Mexico, women only make 85 cents to every dollar a man makes. 

See below for a recap of statements by New Mexico’s Democratic elected officials on Equal Pay Day:


U.S. Senator Tom Udall

Hispanic women in New Mexico can expect to earn 65% of what their white male counterparts are paid. This #PayGap hurts women across our state, and it harms our local economies too. True equality can not exist without #PaycheckFairness. I’ll keep fighting for equal pay for equal work. #EqualPayDay


U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich

It’s time to give New Mexico’s working families the opportunity to get ahead and that starts with #EqualPay for women. #EqualPayDay


U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján

“Equal pay for equal work is not just a slogan, it is the foundation for the health, growth, and prosperity of our families and our economy,” said Congressman Luján.  “The pay gap strikes at every New Mexican families’ ability to put food on the table, send a child to college, or buy a home.  At the current rate that the gap has been closing, women won’t reach pay equity with men until 2058.  As long as hard-working women make less for the same work, we must fight to pass this important legislation.”


U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham

#EqualPay isn’t asking for a free handout – it’s asking to be valued just as much as your coworkers.


NM Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

Today is #EqualPayDay. Now more than ever we need to make sure women’s voices are heard at every level of government and at the ballot box. Equal pay will only be realized when our government adequately represents women.


NM Attorney General Hector Balderas

“As New Mexicans, we must work together to close the wage gap. Equal pay for equal work, it’s that simple.” 


NM Auditor Tim Keller

In #NM women lose $2.3 billion/yr to the wage gap. Addressing the wage gap is key to tackling long term structural poverty here #EqualPayDay

We are in the process of auditing pay equity reporting from companies that do business w/the state of #NM, stay tuned! #EqualPayDay #nmpol